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April 27, 2018

OP-ED | Now Is Not The Time To Increase The Minimum Wage

by Wayne Pesce and Scott Dolch | Apr 27, 2018 12:32am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Jobs | Labor | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion

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As anyone who owns a business in Connecticut can attest to, the high cost of doing business in our state and genuine fear of superfluous policy decisions driven by pressing budget problems, is no recipe for success or growth.

The Legislature is currently considering a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage above the current $10.10 per hour. For Connecticut’s grocery stores and restaurants, whose combined workforce consists of tens of thousands of hourly employees, the costs are steep.

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March 11, 2018

OP-ED | $15 Minimum Wage Has Unintended Consequences

by William Geiger | Mar 11, 2018 11:35pm
Posted to: Aging | Jobs | Labor | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Elderly Care

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Most business owners are in favor of paying higher wages to their workers if it makes business sense. There are obvious benefits to a well-paid workforce, but some businesses — especially those reliant on government funding — would be put at a disadvantage if the Connecticut minimum wage is increased too quickly.

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September 14, 2017

Fiscal Dynamics | The State Budget vs. Household Budget Argument

by Brian Sullivan | Sep 14, 2017 12:08am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Consumer Protection | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Financial Sector

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People often compare the state budget to a household budget. We hear it all the time:

“If I ran my household like the state, I’d be broke!”

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September 13, 2017

OP-ED | Dominion Won’t Open Its Books, But It’s Ready To Do A Number On The State Budget & Consumers

by Matt Fossen | Sep 13, 2017 8:57pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Energy | Environment | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Energy Sector

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As state leaders reach the home stretch around the negotiating table, several ideas are in the mix to help Connecticut bridge its budget gap. One proposal stands out not only as bad policy but also as a direct hit to residents and businesses.

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August 31, 2017

OP-ED | A Question For Us All - How Much Pain Is Too Much?

by Tia Murphy | Aug 31, 2017 3:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health

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Connecticut’s older residents have been hit with cuts to services that help them live independently in their own home on a yearly basis: new co-pays and co-pay increases to the CT Home Care Program for Elders, cuts to services that prevent short-term institutionalization and family respite, a new enrollment freeze on the CT Home Care Program for Elders that denies seniors access to critical care at home, and more.

Now, they must brace for another series of cuts.

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August 11, 2017

OP-ED | CCM Initiatives Reflect Municipal Leaders’ Commitment To Collectivity

by Joe DeLong | Aug 11, 2017 7:41am
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Equality | Town News | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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Something remarkable happened last fall in a crowded conference room in Meriden. Municipal leaders from across the state gathered to discuss community-based economic growth with reform from the General Assembly. The committee, on the heels of a discussion point, were taking a short break when Leo Paul, First Selectman of Litchfield, began to speak.

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August 9, 2017

OP-ED | Let’s Recycle More Plastic Bags and Wraps

by Wayne Pesce | Aug 9, 2017 12:30am
Posted to: Business | Environment | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion

It’s time to recycle more plastics.

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June 27, 2017

OP-ED | Increase Revenue To Save Medicaid And Other Basic Services For People With Disabilities

by Lisa Abbey-James | Jun 27, 2017 11:00pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | State Budget | Taxes

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I have severe disabilities, including brain injury and spinal cord injury, due to accidents in 1985 and 1992. I write to object to the willingness of some in the legislature to consider raising revenue to balance the state budget but ONLY to save municipalities from cuts, and NOT to prevent further shredding of the safety net for people like me.

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June 23, 2017

OP-ED | Protect Contraceptive Access in Connecticut

by Sarah Croucher | Jun 23, 2017 12:01am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | Equality | Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | White House

In January, female legislators in Connecticut proposed bills that would protect copay-free access to birth control for insurance plans in our state.

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June 12, 2017

OP-ED | Modest Funding For Independent Living Centers Is Smart State Budgeting

by Daria Smith | Jun 12, 2017 10:00pm
Posted to: Aging | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health | Disability Care | State Budget

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A young mother, partially paralyzed in a car crash, was living in a nursing facility and dependent on the state to pay thousands of dollars in support each month. With the help of an independent living centers, she was able to find an apartment that suited her needs and gain the necessary skills to live there on her own. Today, she is living in her own home, working at a local store, and caring for her child.

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